Che "Chesus" Ahmed dons the now familiar Ear Jeffers alias and returns to Ten Thousand Yen for the first time since 2016's well-received Gloria EP. A-side "Mysteries" is something of a spacey, synth-laden affair, with fuzzy analogue synth lines and fizzing electronics clustering around a restless, densely layered house groove. If Kraftwerk made deep house, it would probably sound like this. Ahmed takes a different approach on the flip, successfully peppering a chunky, redlined rhythm track with jazzy Rhodes motifs, jazz-funk flourishes and a cleverly manipulated vocal sample. Loose and languid but also tough as teak, it's arguably the more ear catching of the two tracks.
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